Lisa is damn impressive. First things first, she has won three Emmy awards. That’s pretty cool, in and of itself.
In her pre-travel life, she worked for fifteen years as a television writer/producer/editor. Obviously, as an award winning one. She’s gave up that career over three years ago for a life of travel, writing, blogging, and now video consulting for people that need her very notable talents.
She’s a woman on the move. Literally and figuratively. Unlike most of the people I’d done the Lucky 13 with, I’v actually met Lisa in person, at the TBEX conference last summer. Unfortunately for her, I now count her as a friend and I am starting to do more video, which means plenty of emails and Skype conferences with me coming up. Bad news for her, I don’t pay. Good news, I do buy drinks.
1. Most famous person you have met in person.
Hard to pick just one…since I produced an entertainment (travel, food, celebs, etc) television program, I tended to meet random famous people here and there so became a bit jaded to it. Here are a few that I remember:
Julia Roberts, Pete Townshend, Danny Bonaduce (thrown in for good measure–what is good measure anyway? One Cup? A Liter?), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Michael Jordan, Matt Damon, Jamie Foxx.
2. Person whose tweets make you smile the most?
@StephenAtHome – Stephen Colbert
I prefer Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show”, to the Colbert Report, but I think Colbert’s tweets are funnier.
3. You, unfortunately, have been condemned to die, but fortunately, you get to have any meal in the world before you go. What is your menu?
I LOVE food and a big part of my job as a TV producer was to cover the restaurant scene in Chicago…which taught me so much about food and now I love just about everything (with the exception of grapefruit and a lot of fried stuff). If getting full wasn’t an issue I would have:
- Tuna Tartare
- Ceviche with lime and cilantro
- Grilled Octopus
- Platter of Proscioutto, salamis and various other charcuterie and cheeses
- Ravioli with black truffles
- Various sushi– maki and sashimi
- A bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon
- Grilled cheese and bacon sandwich
- Garlic Bread
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Rich Chocolate Brownies
- Molten Chocolate Souffle
4. Your favorite movie of all time?
In the last decade, I’m into more small, slice of life flicks…some serious and and some more documentaries: Garden State, Win Win, The Kite Runner, Lost Boys of Sudan, Omnivores Dilemma, Waiting for ‘Superman’.
(edit from Michael, anytime you click through to Amazon on any of my links and buy something, I get a small referral fee from them. Doesn’t cost you anything extra, but helps me out a little, just so you know. Thanks)
5. Tell us something interesting about someone in your family, in this case meaning grandparents or further back.
My grandmother was an actress, singer, and dancer in the Yiddish Theater starting in the 1920’s in New York City. She also performed at “Catskill” like clubs (think Dirty Dancing) and hung out with Milton Berle and others.
6. Your favorite travel resource on the web?
Wow. Have I mentioned that I hate lists like this that make me pick just “one favorite”. I don’t do favorites!
7. Book I should buy tomorrow?
8. Where do you want to retire to?
I am already semi-retired in Chicago! Well, not really., but giving up my full time job 5 years ago, makes me feel semi-retired. For right now, I love this city and can get anywhere from it.
9. Give us a couple sentences in defense of New Jersey.
Sigh. Poor, battered New Jersey. I defend it early and often. The New Jersey I know, has nothing in common with “Snooki” or dirty, urban areas at all. It is the butt of many jokes, but I can honestly tell you as someone who grew up there, it has large parts that are beautiful and resemble other northeastern or New England towns: green, rural, hilly, with curvy roads meandering through densely wooded areas leading to small colonial towns with main streets and old train stations. Because I have had this lifelong desire to somehow help change its status, I have even started a New Jersey blog that will be full of photos and stories on charming, little towns and other assorted NJ nuggets of goodness.
10. Worst artist on your iPod?
Ha. Of course ‘worse’ is a subjective term since I like them or they wouldn’t be on my iPod.
But I know some are often made fun of (kind of like that NJ thing again)…so where to begin? Let me go take a scroll…
For your amusement, here are just a few I allow you to laugh at:
- Air Supply (Making Love out of Nothing at All, dammit!)
- Neil Diamond (Who doesn’t rock out to Sweet Caroline??)
- Bon Jovi (NJ to the death!)
- Barry Manilow (sweet childhood nostalgia)
- Jennifer Love Hewitt (That’s right…she made an album and I’m the one who bought it)
- Night Ranger: Sister Christian
- The last laugh: Lipps, Inc: Funkytown (“won’t you take me to…”?)
11. What is the superpower you most want?
Being a traveler…to fly of course. But if that’s just not available (is it?), I’ll take the ability to eat anything I want and remain thin…oh, and to see the good in everyone.
12. You are an amazing videographer — give us the biggest mistake you see newbies make.
Why, thank you. Since producing television was my career before this blogging thing, I am a bit on the extreme when I see all these videos being ‘produced’ by anyone with a camera nowadays.
Ignoring your superlative, ‘biggest’ yet again, I’ll pick 3:
- Not using a clip-on microphone for interviews or stand-ups and therefore having crappy audio
- Not using a tripod or a VERY steady hand if necessary
- Making way too much camera movement in one shot – please stop panning, tilting and zooming!
13. Worst movie you have seen?
Oh wow. I’ve seen some stinkers. I often forget about them very quickly.
But then there was an Oscar-winning movie that I was so disappointed in, I will never forget it. Many will disagree with me, but I have found some that do agree. The Departed.
I saw it in Buenos Aires. I loved it. The acting, the writing – wonderful…until the last 20 minutes or so. Then the movie just imploded to me. It should have ended 20 minutes before it did. Then, in my opinion, it was just all this random pile-on overkill (no pun intended). And I am not referring to the amount of violence. I’m simply referring to bad writing to tie it all up. It felt like the screenwriter just handed the script to his nephew to finish. Booo. I was so annoyed that I wrote my first (and last) ever film review on my blog.